FORMER Lismore resident Tim Chappel has won a prestigious Tony Award for his work on the stage show Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Chappel, who was in New York, accepted an award for best costume design along with colleague Lizzy Gardiner. A Tony is awarded for excellence in Broadway stage productions.
The pair were lauded by NSW Minister for Major Events and the Arts, George Souris.
“The award of best costume design to Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappell, two people from rural New South Wales, shows the depth of talent we have in this State and country…and it is something the Coalition Government intends to nurture and promote,” he said.
“Gardiner and Chappell won the Tony for their brilliant and outlandish costume designs for the stage production of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert which has been delighting Broadway audiences.
“This celebrated duo has also won an Oscar in 1995 for its costume design of the movie of the same name and who could forget LIzzy Gardiner’s appearance at the Oscars wearing a dress she designed made entirely of gold American Express cards.
“It is a matter of great pride that two people from country NSW, Lizzy Gardiner from Dubbo and Tim Chappell from Lismore, have won such world acclaim and we should be extremely proud of their achievements.”